Susan (Mitchell) Eisenthal, 77, of Sharon, MA, died on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born Aug. 11, 1937 in Fremont, the daughter of the late Miriam (Ringer) Mitchell and the late Jack C. Mitchell, and step-daughter of the late Jane (Schaible) Mitchell.

Susan grew up in Falls City, and graduated Salutatorian of the FC High Class of 1955. She attended Cottey College in Nevada, MO, and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. She also received a certificate in Communications from Simmons College in Boston.

For many years, Susan taught English at Bridgewater (MA) State College and the University of Massachusetts at Boston. She retired from UMass-Boston in 2002.

Susan loved reading, playing the cello, and spending time with her family and many friends. She was a member of Temple Kol Tikvah and Temple Sinai of Sharon.

She leaves her husband of 54 years, Sherman; sons, David (and partner, Sandra Dickerson, and former wives, Talya Westbrook and Tobi Goldberg), Jonathan (Kathleen), and Joshua (Karen); six grandchildren, Lily, Alexander, Abram, Jack, Sophie and Madeleine; sister, Mary Jane (Bill) Nelson; brother-in-law, Kenneth Eisenthal; sister-in-law, Beatrice Aden; and many friends and a grieving community.

Susan fought pancreatic cancer with courage and grace. One of her last hopes was that what was learned during her battle will help others who suffer from this dreadful disease.

Funeral services were held at Temple Sinai of Sharon on Friday, Dec. 19. Burial was in Sharon Memorial Park. Donations in Susan’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the charity of your choice.

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